Hi! 🙂 My name is Lauren. I am a Christian, and generally a very happy person. 😀 I graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2012 with a B.S. in math and minors in computer science and Spanish. I am now student-teaching while pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching at USF with a single-subject teaching credential in math and a bilingual authorization in Spanish as part of the San Francisco Teacher Residency program sponsored by AmeriCorps. In Fall 2013, I plan to be a secondary school math teacher in a public school in San Francisco. I was born and raised here in San Francisco (3rd generation San Franciscan). And, of course, I am a huge San Francisco Giants fan! I’ve only been a fan since the end of 2002, so I don’t know much about baseball history… but I am eager to learn more! And I’ve just started becoming a SUPER crazy fan since 2008. I have Giants season tickets, and I try to go to as many games as I possibly can. I also score every single game I go to. I try to never get up in the middle of the game for anything, because I never want to miss a single pitch! And starting in the 2009 season, for every home game I go to, if I’m available I’ve started going to the ballpark about six or seven hours before the game starts to greet players as they arrive, and I’ve been trying to stay after the game for a couple hours til they all go home. 🙂 (And even for the games I can’t go to, if I’m free before the game I’ll go to the ballpark early anyway and just leave when I have to.) It’s really fun! I’ve even gotten a few other crazy Giants fans to join me. 😀 I’ve also recently (since 2009) gotten really interested in the minor leagues. Since I live in San Francisco and don’t have my own car, it’s pretty hard for me to get out to San Jose to watch the high-A Giants team play, but I still go to as many of those games as possible, as well as games in Stockton or Modesto when I can. I’ve even started taking short trips to Sacramento and Fresno to see our AAA Grizzlies play. And in the summer of 2012, I even got to see a DSL Giants game in the Dominican Republic! I try to keep up with as many of our minor league players as possible, all the way down from teenage rookie Dominican Summer League & Arizona League players up to old veteran AAA players, which is really hard cause there’s a couple hundred of them. But I have a spreadsheet that helps me keep track. 🙂 I’m really bad at sports, so I’ve never played baseball or softball or anything, and I’m still learning a lot about baseball. I try to read everything I can about it, and I love to listen to people discussing baseball, and I try to join in when I can. I also love statistics, and reading about the official rules of baseball. I find obscure rules (like the fourth out rule and the random details of minor league contracts) fascinating.
If you want to know more about me, follow me on Twitter at @sfgiantsgirl 🙂